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Elizabeth A. Chiappetta

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Bio

Elizabeth (Liz) Chiappetta takes great pride in being the firm’s first female partner, handling cases in multiple areas, but particularly nursing home abuse and personal injury. When dealing with families who have lost a loved one, or with someone who has undergone a life-changing accident, Liz takes care to be candid while balancing how the truth may be hurtful or upsetting. She believes that women bring a unique perspective to the table and that, particularly in the recent resurrection of women’s rights, clients sometimes look for female representation because of the innate connection.

Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Liz developed an interest in advocating for pro civil justice organizations and political candidates through her parents. Now, she has assumed a high-profile position on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and is slated to become President for 2022-2023. She is Co-Coordinator of the Long Term Care Clinic, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership. She served as President of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (WPTLA), a service-oriented group that supports the rights of injured people. Liz has been a Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2013 and was inducted into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County in 2017. She is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

Liz attended Boston College and Duquesne University School of Law, where she met her husband Timothy, who also is a lawyer. They now reside in his hometown of Mt. Lebanon with their sons Beau, age 6, and Matthew (Mac), 1. Her family supports the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Children's Trust as members and are members of St. Michael the Archangel Parish. She also is an Alumnae Advisory Board member of Nardin Academy, where she attended high school in Buffalo, NY.

“I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I’m a friend of lifelong friends. I’m a sibling, a child, and a grandchild. It is my experience in these roles that helps me relate to my clients.”

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
    • B.A. cum laude - 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013 - 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • President, Executive Board, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2014-present
  • Executive Committee, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2017-present
  • Inducted member of Academy of Trial Lawyer of Allegheny County, 2017-present

Classes/Seminars

  • Current Issues in Nursing Home Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2015
  • Nursing Home Litigation, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, September 2016
  • Nursing Home Litigation, Allegheny County Law Library, 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2007
  • West Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2008
Community Involvement

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co-Coordinator, Long Term Care Clinic, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership